Defenseman Pavel Kubina Retires After 14 Seasons in NHL

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According to a story courtesy Sports Illustrated via Fox Sports, veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina has decided to hang up his skates after 14 seasons in the NHL.

The 36-year-old Czech international played for four teams including the Tampa Bay Lightning who drafted him in 1996 and amassed 110 goals and 276 assists throughout his career. Kubina sent out a press release on Friday thanking everyone from the Lightning organization to family and friends.

“Making my way to the NHL and playing in the best league in the world for 13 seasons has been a dream come true. I will be forever grateful for the experiences and friendships that I have gained over the course of my career, including capturing the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004. Thank you to Phil Esposito for drafting me and giving me a chance to play for the Lightning. I also would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout my hockey journey.”